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I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex, where I also worked as an associate lecturer and tutor, until I joined DEV in July 2014. Before moving to Sussex I worked for several years as a professional researcher and consultant in academic and non-academic sectors in Portugal, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the High Commission for Migration in Lisbon. I have also worked continuously as a professional trainer in migration-related issues, in public and private non-profit organisations.
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My research is mainly concerned with mobility and migration. I have worked for many years in Lusophone Africa (Guinea-Bissau and Angola), where I looked at the social and cultural aspects of food, and their integration in transnational economic life. More recently I have started researching migration in the UK, and I became interested in the use of photography, film and in arts-based methods of research more genereally. My work has involved a combined use of visual and oral narratives in the study of racism, political attitudes and social inequalities in the context of Brexit in Great Yarmouth, and I am currently involved in a ESRC-funded international research project on Coastal Transformations (https://site.uit.no/fishercoast/), where I coordinate the WP on Heritage in the East Anglian region of the UK, looking at experience, discourse and performance in people's memories of the past. I work in collaboration with the local museum sector, following a Museum-University partnership that I coordinated, funded by the Arts Council, exploring issues around migration in Norfolk through a combination of arts and research. My most recent project, "When the Dust Settles: Exploring the Lived Experience of Refugee Families after Reunion" is a British Academy Innovation Fellowship project in collaboration with Together Now - http://togethernow.org.uk/ - to explore the longer term lived experience of refugee families – one or more years after the arrival of relatives through the process of family reunion – in the UK. It uses participatory methods based on oral and audiovisual narratives.
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A partnership for community-led health behaviour change research in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage
1/06/23 → 30/11/24
31/03/22 → 30/03/23
Coastal transformations and fisher wellbeing - synthesized perspectives from India and Europe (EQUIP)
Menon, A., Rao, N., Abranches, M., Bautes, N., Bavinck, J., Bofulin, M., Dhandapani, B., Dhandapani, S., Finstad, B., Gowrappan, M., Inamdar, A., Natesan, B., Parthasarathy, D., Paudel, K., Proisy, C., Rogelja, N., Taylor, B. & White, C.
1/01/19 → 31/12/22
31/03/17 → 30/12/17
Abranches, M. & Horton, E., 12 Nov 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Heritage Studies.
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Abranches, M., 11 Oct 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Memory Studies.
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Abranches, M., May 2022, Berghahn Books. 202 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book1 Citation (Scopus)
Spall, J. & Abranches, M., 1 Jun 2022, In: Men and Masculinities. 25, 2, p. 195-212 18 p.
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Cultural violence in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum: Manifestations of post-racial xeno-racismAbranches, M., Theuerkauf, U., Scott, C. & White, C., 2021, In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 44, 15, p. 2876-2894 19 p.
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The Friday Night Show with Sam Day on BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC Radio Suffolk - What is the most effective way of challenging misconceptions?
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